First-place Clashes All Around NEC plus Midnight Madness Links, Tweet of the Day & Other News

The excitement started on the pitch Friday night, and it’s almost certain to carry over onto the gridiron Saturday afternoon.


Fairleigh Dickinson men’s soccer had a chance to claim the driver’s seat in the race for its first NEC regular season crown since 2004, but Garden State rival Monmouth pulled out a 1-0 victory in double overtime under the lights in Teaneck.  The Knights are now 3-1-1 in league play with the Hawks at 3-1.

FDU head coach Seth Roland comments following his team’s first NEC loss…

They’ll be a battle for first in NEC football today when defending NEC champion Robert Morris visits UAlbany, a winner of three straight.  Both teams are 2-0 in conference play and stand as the lone remaining NEC unbeatens.


There was also a first-place showdown in women’s soccer yesterday with Monmouth getting the short end of this one.  After Monmouth sophomore Dana Costello tied the game in the 82nd minute, defending NEC champion Saint Francis (PA) won it in the 85th minute on a goal by reigning NEC Player of the Year.

“We did not play our best today,” stated MU head coach Krissy Turner following the team’s first NEC defeat this season. “But credit has to go to Saint Francis for creating a lot of pressure around the ball.”


Midnight Madness also hit the NEC College Basketball Landscape last night.  Here’s a photo from the Quinnipiac Chronicle…  


Midnight Madness Article Links
Quinnipiac Midnight Madness photosQuinnipiac Chronicle
Darryl Dawkins helps Wagner College roll out the new basketball season in styleStaten Island Advance
A whole new ballgameAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)
Wagner Athletics Midnight Madness Photo

From the Spiro Center on Staten Island…

Tweet of the Day
@DatsKB4ya – Not the type of stats I wanted BUT we got that win. That’s all that matters. #kahru


Other Top-rated Tweets
@CoachJoeHaigh – Congrats Women’s Soccer – big win, move into 1st place in NEC
@UAlbanyFootball – Team breakfast on campus I get fueled for the day. A great looking day so fr as @ualbany prepares for all #fallbany festivities
@McLafferty_46 – Game Day. #MUFootball
@rmucoop44 – It’s gameday baby…. we own the belt to the NEC and its not going anywhere.
@thurmanthomas – #PositiveThoughts
@KingsCorner7 – I know that I’m not in my prime yet but god let me play like i am today #amen


Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
Whole Nine Yards NEC FB
Great Danes riding high for homecoming showdownTroy Record (Andrew Santillo)
Pollard leads Monmouth into important gameAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)
CCSU edges Wagner in women’s soccer, 1-0Staten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)
Monmouth men blank Fairleigh DickinsonAsbury Park Press


General News
Mountain West, C-USA plan football mergerYahoo! (AP)
Big East to invite Boise St, 3 othersYahoo! (AP)
DI men’s basketball championship tickets on sale 10 a.m.
Texas AD to A&M: Our schedule is (Carter Strickland)
Four Ole Miss players (AP)
MTSU offensive coordinator (AP)
UNC hires Bubba Cunningham as (AP)

Video Vault
Monmouth FB OT Dino Molina Interview heading into Bryant game…




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